I finished reading "Don't worry, be German" a couple of days ago. The book's too expensive to buy really – I refuse to shell out 15 EUR for a frigging *softcover* –, but fortunately, the bookstore has nothing against people reading books there, and even offers comfy seats so you can do so. *s*
The reason I'm mentioning this now is that the author, at one point, lists a number of tips for learning new languages, tips that I thought were good enough for me to remember. Here they are, paraphrased, for my reference and perhaps yours, too:
- No English (or whatever your native language is) in $LANGUAGE class, period.
- Speak as much $LANGUAGE as possible.
- Dare take linguistic risks.
- Don't count your mistakes!
- You'll make lots of mistakes in the beginning. That's perfectly fine.
- When you make mistakes, laugh at them.
- Get as much help from others as possible.
- Every day is a new opportunity to learn!
- *NOW* is the best time to learn $LANGUAGE!
- Everything that can be right will be right. Find ways to express yourself.
I probably should check if the library'll have the book at some point and actually copy them verbatim, but that's the gist.